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Oliver the Great Western Engine

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Oliver the Western Engine is an anthropomorphic steam engine in The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry (and his son Christopher Awdry) and in the television adaptation Thomas & Friends. He is a Great Western 1400 Class tank engine who works on Duck's Branch Line ("The Little Western"), and lives on the Island of Sodor.

Oliver the Western Engine
Thomas & Friends character
Oliver 1998.jpg
First appearanceEnterprising Engines (1968)
Created byRev. W. Awdry
Voiced byJoe Mills (UK/US)

In addition, he has two ex-GWR Autocoaches (by the names of Isabel and Dulcie) and a GWR Brake Van by the name of Toad.

Oliver in the television seriesEdit

Oliver first appeared in Escape, which is the 21st episode of Season 3 of the series, he also appeared from seasons 4 to 7, but was absent during seasons 8 to 11. He (along with Toad) reappeared briefly in season 12, before the latter was completely absent from seasons 13 to 17.

Oliver finally reappeared in the eighteenth-season episode "Toad's Adventure", during that same season and in the nineteenth and twentieth seasons, he played a few lead/co-lead support roles, along with Toad too.

He appeared in the specials Tale of the Brave, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, The Great Race, Journey Beyond Sodor and Big World! Big Adventures! along with a non-speaking role in Thomas and the UK Trip.

Oliver is voiced by Joe Mills (UK/US), who also voices Douglas and Toad.

Locomotive BasisEdit

A preserved 1400 on the Dart Valley Railway.

Oliver resembles a GWR 1400 Class, which was in production from 1932 to 1936.